Children’s Activity: Goal Planning Ladder

Goal setting is a valuable activity, which can help both children, adolescents and adults to achieve their intentions. However, frequently we can see goals fall apart, or momentum being lost for a number of reasons, including:

  • Not having a plan
  • Not knowing HOW to get to our goal
  • Charging too fast and losing energy
  • Not seeing our own progress
  • Being uncertain what the steps will look like

An easy way to set our goals is to plan them backwards. So, this week I have shared with you a simple goal setting ladder to get us thinking about what our goals look like.

Download here 

What do do:

  1. Start on a scrap piece of paper so you can move things around
  2. Download the goal ladder sheet here 
  3. Identify our BIG goal (is it realistic? how much time will it take us reasonably)
  4. What is my start point? What am I doing right now?
  5. What would the half way point look like? Where would I be when I am half way there?
  6. Now, break down the first half into four steps – building on each one
  7. From the half way point to the finish, break the goal into three steps
  8. Check that all steps are achievable and identify any help or resources we need
  9. Identify either dates to achieve by – or a way to record that it is done e.g. highlight the step
  10. Schedule the steps into a diary or planner – or set alerts on your phone
  11. Get started


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